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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Metal
    Fear Nuttin Band - Yardcore

    Fear Nuttin Band - Yardcore

    Fear Nuttin Band
    Yardcore
    Label: Bodog Music

    Dual dancehall style vocals utilizing a wide variety of musical genre platforms to riff off of. Most of them are heavier or punkier; some are more reggae, but all have the hippin,’ hoppin’ vocals. Quite catchy stuff!

    Fear Nuttin Band Website

    Bone Shaker - Bang… You’re Dead

    Bone Shaker - Bang… You’re Dead

    Bone Shaker
    Bang… You’re Dead
    Label: Turkey Vulture Records

    Rippin’, thrashin’ rough and raw metal from Waukesha, WI. This seasoned trio has invigorating their sound with coarse vocals and spunky rhythms to make for a neck-wrecking experience.

    Bone Shaker Website

    Endeverafter - Kiss or Kill

    Endeverafter - Kiss or Kill

    Endeverafter
    Kiss or Kill
    Label: Razor & Tie

    I had no idea that this kind of music was still being produced! Big hair with even bigger egos. Cocky, cheesy, dick in mouth metal/hard rock. I say “Whatever-after” is a better name.

    Endeverafter WebsiteEndeverafter Wiki

    Firewind - The Premonition

    Firewind - The Premonition

    Firewind
    The Premonition
    Label: Century Media

    Driving by guitar wunderkind Gus G. (ex-Dream Evil, Nightrage, Mystic Prophecy, Arch Enemy), this frenzied Greek power metal comes with all the dramatic fortitudes and invigorating arpeggios of musical aptitude one would associate with such head banging eloquence.

    Firewind WebsiteFirewind Wiki

    Sahg - Sahg II

    Sahg - Sahg II

    Sahg
    Sahg II
    Label: Regain Records

    Norwegian doom/stoner metal supergroup as powerful and ferocious as any on the scene today. Crushing Sabbath inspired riffs lilt and cajole the listener into a sagacious platitude of supernal flux and dither.

    Sahg WebsiteSahg Wiki

    Musicians For Minneapolis - 57 Songs For the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort

    Musicians For Minneapolis - 57 Songs For the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort

    Musicians For Minneapolis
    57 Songs For the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort
    Label: Electrovoice

    Produced by audio equipment giant, Electro-Voice, the only thing longer than the title of this 3-CD release is the list of amazing musicians contributing to this self-explanatory fund raising project. Dick Dale, George Clinton, DJ Spooky, Calexico, Les Claypool and MANY, many more.

    Musicians For Minneapolis Website

    Volbeat - Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil

    Volbeat - Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil

    Volbeat
    Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil
    Label: Mascot Records

    If the Misfits were playing through Pantera’s equipment, I suspect it would sound something like this. Danish, thrashy, hard-edged punk metal with a clean crooner on vocals and some vintage style rock infarctions. Awesome!

    Volbeat WebsiteVolbeat Wiki

    Vulgar Pang - The Memoirs of Don Juan Gacy

    Vulgar Pang - The Memoirs of Don Juan Gacy

    Vulgar Pang
    The Memoirs of Don Juan Gacy
    Label: Rock Garden

    Appleton hosts this powerful and intense metal force. Whether pleading, crooning or powering out, the raspy clean vocals lead the way for a display of amazing musical diversity and depth.

    Vulgar Pang Website

    Zimmers Hole - When You Were Shouting at the Devil

    Zimmers Hole - When You Were Shouting at the Devil

    Zimmers Hole
    When You Were Shouting at the Devil
    Label: Century Media

    Ironic and humorous, yet top notch death metal featuring Strapping Young Lad members and ultra prolific drummer Gene Hoglan. Hilarious PSA by Nathan Explosion from Dethklok.

    Zimmers Hole WebsiteZimmers Hole Wiki

    Company Band - Sign Here, Here, and Here

    Company Band - Sign Here, Here, and Here

    Company Band
    Sign Here, Here, and Here
    Label: Venture Capital Records

    A four song aperitif to announce the formation of this sludge/stoner rock super-group. They are Neil Fallon (Clutch), Jess Margera (CKY), James Rota (Fireball Ministry), Jason Diamond (Puny Human) and Dave Bone. Because of Fallon‘s distinct vocals, it sounds a bit like Clutch. Time will tell what their tongue in cheek corporate sound evolves into.

    The Company Band WebsiteThe Company Band Wiki

    Madeoutofbabies - The Ruiner

    Madeoutofbabies - The Ruiner

    Madeoutofbabies
    The Ruiner
    Label: The End Records

    Flecks of industrial and dirge metal are taunted and disrupted with waves of harsh a-tonal melodic contradictions and moody female vocals. The pummeling complexities almost overwhelm their creative rage.

    Madeoutofbabies Website

    Testament - The Formation of Damnation

    Testament - The Formation of Damnation

    Testament
    The Formation of Damnation
    Label: Nuclear Blast Records

    Continuing to build on their impressive 25 year career with this vibrant neck-wrecking thrash blast from the past. Lyrically it is driven by contemporary issues. The lineup is fantastic and so is their sonic attack.

    Testament WebsiteTestament Wiki

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